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Maldives

Maldives

Etymology

“Malé Islands”, from Malé, the name of the main island (of uncertain etymology), plus -diva, -dive, “island”, probably related to Sanskrit द्वीप (dvīpa) “island”. [wiktionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Cave Café – A friendly and welcoming atmosphere for our customers to let loose with a team of cooperative staff to ensure that we can cater to your every need. [facebook]

Hangout Café & Bistro – Hangout Cafe & Bistro offers varieties of Dishes, ranging from Pastries to Main Courses with Coffee and Trending Beverages to go with…come HANGOUT! [facebook]

Viu Bar at Centara Ras Fushi – Viu Bar serves refreshments and cocktails in a laid-back setting, making it the perfect place to laze the day away and enjoy delightful light bites. With its lounge seating and overwater catamaran nets, Viu Bar boasts unobstructed ocean views and is ideally positioned to enjoy picturesque sunsets or admire the reef fish in the crystal clear waters of the lagoon. Live entertainment available daily. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Maldives Chat – Welcome to Chat Maldives, the list of Chat Hour members in Maldives. Chatters listed below are Chat Hour members who live in Maldives. To chat with them, please click their usernames. Unlike many online chat rooms, chatting on Chat Hour is fun and completely free of charge. This is your best opportunity to chat with people from Maldives. Feel free to bookmark Chat Hour and forward our site to your friends. [chat hour]

Maldives Dating – The Web’s favorite place for Maldives dating worldwide. Whether you’re new to this or finding out about LoveHabibi for the first time, signup free today and connect with other people from Maldives looking for free online dating and find your very own LoveHabibi. [love habibi]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Urban Adventures – Join local conservationists Save the Beach and discover the quieter, eco-friendly side of Maldives life. Travel by ferry to the small island of Villimale’ where you’ll wander the quiet streets, learn the names of local trees, indulge in traditional afternoon tea, and learn more about the conservation work being carried out by this local NGO. [urban adventures]

Voyages Maldives – Walking tour of the main tourist attraction sights of the capital Male’. [voyages maldives]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Hukuru Miskiiy – Hukuru Miskiiy, or “Old Friday Mosque,” has sat in Male’ since 1656. When you stand outside of it and look at the less-than-spectacular façade, you might think: “What’s all the commotion about?” You’ll have to venture inside for the answer. Displaying incredible craftsmanship, the interior contains intricate woodwork and exquisite inlays. [us news travel]

Maldives Victory – First, the title is very misleading. The Maldives Victory sunk in 1981 after hitting a reef—not exactly a successful voyage. But now, it is a rewarding accomplishment to reach this vessel. The dive site attracts scuba aficionados for its particularly challenging currents and the rich sea life—picture fresh coral and colorful fish—that have made the wreck a sight to behold. [us news travel]

Male’ – Male’ is one of the world’s smallest capital cities—a wee one square mile. But, believe us, it packs in the people and some sights. You’ll most likely stumble onto Republic Square, which constantly bustles with life, and you should stop by the National Museum, which is housed in the former Sultan’s Palace. As you meander along the city’s thoroughfares, you’ll notice numerous mosques. And although you may want to venture inside, be cautious and polite: foreigners, particularly non-Muslim ones, are not welcome in some. In addition to the fascinating sights here in Male’, you’ll experience some (rather pungent) smells in the local fish market. [us news travel]

Male’ Fish Market – If you wish to catch a glimpse of Maldivians’ daily lives, look no further than the Male’ Fish Market. This is the commercial epicenter of arguably the country’s most important industry—fishing. Here, the foot traffic peaks in the afternoon as fishermen from the entire country sail right up to the edge of the market and unload the daily catch. Tuna is the most popular fish for sale, but you’ll find some other types as well. Just an idea: You could pick up some fresh fruit and fish for dinner, if you have a facility to prepare a meal. [us news travel]

National Museum – After the Maldives became a republic, the country established the National Museum. Located in the former Sultan’s Palace, the museum has preserved valuable relics since 1952. Here, visitors are treated to a spectacular display of regal objects, ornate attire, coins, royal sunshades, jewelry and thrones. There are even artifacts from the pre-Islamic era, almost a thousand years ago. Having received a multi-million dollar facelift in 2012, courtesy of the Chinese government, the National Museum now has more space to showcase its collection. [us news travel]

Festivals

Festivals

The Eid-ul-Al’h’aa – In the Islamic calendar, the Eid-ul-Al’h’aa occurs during the 10th day of Zul-Hijja. During the occasion, majority go board a ship to Mecca. For those who are not in position to attend, feasting and celebration is usually done. It is the longest public holiday lasting five to seven days. People usually plan prior to visiting their relatives as well as friends in other islands. Traditional events like sporting, dance and music from all the participating people makes the festival great. [wonders]

The Kuda Eid – At the finish of Ramadan festival, a 3-day public holiday Kudi Eid follows with a lot of feasting. The event too celebrates the start of Shawaal in the Islamic calendar. Upon sighting the new moon, cannon in Male as well as through the television; Kuda Eid is announced. Every person convenes at the mosque early in the morning to pray and thereafter, feasting takes place. During this moment charity is also exercised with fortunate families giving Zakath to the less fortunate as compared them. [wonders]

The National Day – This great day is done in honor of Mohammed Thakurufannu. It is usually celebrated on the 1st month of Rabee-ul-Awwal. The day commemorates Mohammed Thakurufannu victory over the Portuguese during the year 1573. [wonders]

The Prophet’s Birthday – This is another important religious holiday marked by the Maldivians. On the Islamic calendar, the festival is normally conducted on the 12th of the Rabee-ul-Awwal month. During this great festival, people visit each other and share each other’s prepared meals. [wonders]

The Ramadan – This festival is usually done on the ninth month according to Muslim Calendar. Thirty days of fasting is usually done during this festival. In Ramadan the working hours for the government is from 9 am to half past 1 PM, while the private closes by 3 PM. [wonders]

The Republic Day – On 1st January 1953, Maldives became a republic, after almost a century of monarchy. However in that given year,monarchy was reinstated. On 11th November 1968, Maldives’ republic was formed again. So the from then, the Republic Day is celebrated on 11th of November, every year. [wonders]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Boats, Sea Planes (air taxis) and Private Yachts – Getting around in the Maldives takes three forms: boats, sea planes (air taxis) and private yachts. The boats are the Maldivian equivalent of a car, while planes and private yachts are mainly reserved for tourists. Air taxis and boats prefer not to operate at night, so if you arrive at the airport after dark and are going to a distant resort, you may have to spend the night in Male or at the airport hotel in Hulhule. [wikitravel]

Taxis – Public transportation in Male is limited to roving taxis, which charge a flat Rf.25 plus Rf.5 per bag. There are also ferries from the new terminal next to Jetty #10 to the new Hulhumale development every 20-30 minutes from 5 AM until 1 AM. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Western Mobiles – Western Mobiles fastest and professional mobile phones repair Service Center in Maldives . Available all brands repair Parts & Accessories. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Maldives – Welcome to the Maldives: where the sands are white, fish swim happily in the Indian Ocean, the weather is dreamy and you can bask in the rays of the sun. In ancient times, the shores of the Maldives welcomed lost travelers. Still welcoming, these shores remain, providing a tranquil haven for expatriates. [expat woman]

Maldives Expat Club – This is an open group for all Expats living in Maldives main target to build the group is Networking, parties, Weekend trips, and charity events. [facebook]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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